New Microwave Weapons: A Solution to Combat Drone Swarms

In a world where drones are increasingly shaping the battlefield, a new challenge emerges: swarms of combat drones. Recently, Hamas executed coordinated drone strikes against Israeli targets, highlighting the urgent need for effective countermeasures. The U.S. Department of Defense, recognizing this threat, is pioneering a groundbreaking defense mechanism using high-power microwaves (HPMs).

The Rising Threat of Drone Swarms

Drone swarms have become prominent in conflicts like Ukraine’s battle against Russia and Azerbaijan’s strategy in Nagorno-Karabakh. These low-cost drones, potentially coordinated by machine learning, pose a significant threat as they can easily overwhelm traditional defenses.

Maj. Gen. Sean Gainey of the Joint Counter-Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Office emphasizes the growing threat from these small, agile drones, which can execute mass attacks and function autonomously thanks to